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By James Oddy

The boxing film has had a long and varied career. From the highs of raging bull, the fighter and Rocky to, well, all the other Rocky’s, the genre is having a revival after being down for a long count.

MV5BMjA5MjA4NzE3M15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwODA5MzUzNjE@._V1__SX1092_SY482_Southpaw is the at the vanguard of a series of new films which will also involve a Roberto Duran biopic and a Rocky reboot, Creed, as well as a follow up to The fighter, the film which kick started this revival.

Jake Gyllenhaal stars as the ludicrously named Billy ‘the great’ Hope, a former New York orphan who has risen to untold riches via his wild, brawling style. Alongside his is his wife, Maureen, played by the luminous Rachel McAdams and his daughter, Leila played feistily by Oona Laurence.

Billy’s life however unravels due to his lack of self-control in and out of the ring and he finds himself having to figuratively, and literally, pull himself off the canvas to get his life back on track via the help of Titus Wills, played by Forest Whitaker.

MV5BMjEwMDQ4ODYwNl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMDA5MzUzNjE@._V1__SX1092_SY482_The film is a curious one. The performances are uniformly excellent. Whitaker adds a great deal of gravitas and depth to what could easily be a walking cliché and Gyllenhaal and McAdams are surprisingly convincing as street kids made good. Laurence also excels in another role, which, if played incorrectly, could capsize the film.

Another major plus are the boxing scenes, which, whilst fairly absurd in the early going as Hope exhibits a style which would make a drunk at kicking out time blush, actually begin to resemble real boxing matches. It’s refreshing to see a sports film portray boxing styles accurately and use them as an indicator, or lack of, of its main characters personal development and flaws. The fight builds up themselves are also accurate and have an almost documentary feel, and director Antoine Fuqua adds lots of little touches which will appeal to fans of the sport.

MV5BNjU0NjMzNDE5M15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNzk4MzUzNjE@._V1__SX1092_SY482_There are flaws however. The film hints at dome deeper ideas and themes that are barely fleshed out. The role of Whitakers gym in the community, where it seems to be a refuge from the poverty and deprivation like so many real life gyms, is examined, but only briefly. A sub plot involving one of the kids in the gym is dismissed so briefly and without consequence as to be borderline insulting for the strata of society he’s presumably meant to represent.

Similarly, 50 Cent, convincing in his role as a promoter (probably not too big a stretch for a real life promoter) is teased as being a Don King like figure, yet that too fizzles out and is dropped before the end of the film.

The film does pack an emotional punch (sorry) and should keep boxing fans and non-fans alike entertained, mainly due to the strength of the casts work. It’s hard not to feel however that the film has missed a trick by taking some more interesting turns.


Leeds – Leeds Young Film Festival celebrates its 16th edition with a spectacular, nationally unique new film event this Easter with support from British Film Institute and using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

From 3-6 April 2015 Leeds Town Hall is being transformed into The Film House, a brand new attraction for families to discover the magic of cinema. The Film House offers a whole day out for all the family that’s filled with activities, events and exciting things for young people to do and learn about, where they can meet their favourite film characters in person, including The Gruffalo, Shaun the Sheep, Paddington, The Easter Bunny, Batman, Spiderman and Lego’s Emmett.

You’ll also have the chance to see Shaun the Sheep Movie, Paddington, Despicable Me and The Lego Movie on our big screen, and you needn’t be classically trained to join in with Frozen, where the words will be on-screen for you to sing along to. Bigger kids will be thrilled by our film car display, with a real life DeLorean from Back to the Future on show to celebrate the film’s 30th Anniversary!

The famous DeLorean car, which featured in the popular 'Back to the Future' film trilogy, will be on display
The famous DeLorean car, which featured in the popular ‘Back to the Future’ film trilogy, will be on display

Magic Light Pictures present a special screening of The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child, followed by a talk about adapting a beloved children’s book for screen, and The Gruffalo will be there for you to meet in person each day.

BAFTA Kids: Behind the Scenes with CBBC leads a unique and high profile range of workshops which give young people the opportunity to work towards an Arts Award. Animator David Bunting’s Masterclass shows the magic behind his work on Shaun the Sheep, Chuggington and Bob the Builder. You can work on your own How to Train Your Dragon, Frozen and Lego animations in our dedicated Animation Zone, and take part in a giant, living Minions comic book or learn skills in Documentary and Soundtrack making too.

The Film House also gives you the chance to explore secret parts of Leeds Town Hall that aren’t normally open to the public. You can journey back through history on the Clock Tower Time Travel Tour with storyteller Matthew Bellwood, who will show you how movies were first invented, or join the Easter Bunny on an Easter Egg hunt in the magical forest below The Film House and discover a hidden world of wonder.

You’ll find something to do in every part of The Film House all throughout the day, from challenging yourself to make the best Minecraft build to re-creating your favourite films in The Pop Up Booth, taking part in the biggest Movie Karaoke there is and watching the best film-themed video hits on the largest screen you’ve ever seen them on with the YouTube Jukebox.

Delicious food and snacks are available from a range of Street Food Stalls at the front of the Town Hall and in The Film House café, and facilities for parents with young children include a Buggy Zone and Baby Changing.

All-inclusive* Day Passes for The Film House are incredible value, beginning at just £6.50 per person. A limited supply of Early Bird Passes are available for £25, giving access for up to four people (including up to two adults). Entry is free for Under 3s.

For all this and much more, please visit to view the full programme and to purchase tickets. You can also purchase tickets by visiting City Centre Box Office on Millenium Square in person (The Carriageworks, Millenium Square, Leeds, LS2 3AD) or calling 0113 224 3801.

*Day Passes do not include the Clock Tower Time Travel Tour or Easter Bunny Adventure, which must be booked separately once you have purchased your Film House Pass. Programme is correct at time of printing, but is subject to change.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills said:

“The Leeds Young Film Festival is a fantastic annual event in our city, which provides a unique platform for young people to enjoy the magic of cinema and also learn new skills to improve their own individual work and projects.

“As always an action-packed and diverse programme will feature in this year’s event, which is guaranteed to both captivate and entertain young people of all ages.”

Debbie Maturi, Director of Leeds Young Film Festival said:

“We’re really excited to add The Film House to Leeds Young Film Festival’s programme. It’s such a unique and interactive day out for families – in one of the city’s favourite buildings. And with so much to see and experience, it’s really great value too.”


Dir. R. Balki India 2015

Amitabh Bachchan, Dhanush, Akshara

Dhanush is a mute and deaf junior artist with great acting talents, whereas Bachchan has a very strong voice. Both, on their own, are struggling to find their place in the Indian film industry. But with a help of Akshara, when they come together, their talents combined make a complete new artist. Dhanush becomes the actor on-screen and Amitabh becomes his Voice. But after reaching the peak of their success, both stars gradually become miserable. An unstoppable fight of ego’s takes place and the clash drifts them apart, destroying every greatness they achieved and every possible milestones they could have built together.

Genre: Drama



Sriram Raghavan India 2015

Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Varun Dhawan, Huma Qureshi

Raghav a.k.a Raghu is a man with a dreaded past. He witnessed his wife and son being killed during a robbery. 15 years later after the incident, Raghu seeks out revenge and finds out that a gangster with political connections named Liak was behind the murder.

Directed by Sriram Raghavan[2][3] and produced by Dinesh Vijan and Sunil Lulla. The film stars Varun Dhawan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in lead roles, with Huma Qureshi, Yami Gautam, Divya Dutta and Radhika Apte in supporting roles.

Genre: Action / Revenge / Drama



Vikramjit Singh India 2015

Ranbir Kapoor, Jacqueline Fernandez, Arjun Rampal

Ranbir Kapoor plays the role of a mysterious thief named Roy. The movie is a love triangle starring Arjun Rampal as Kabir Grewal, a film maker and Jacqueline Fernandez in a dual role.

Directed by debutant Vikramjit Singh and produced by Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Divya Khosla Kumar & Freeway Pictures and co-produced by Ajay Kapoor, the film features Ranbir Kapoor, Arjun Rampal and Jacqueline Fernandez in lead roles.

Genre: Thriller



Dir. Sanjay Chhel India 2015

Paresh Rawal, Rishi Kapoor, Vir Das

Patel Ki Punjabi Shaadi is a romantic comedy starring Rishi Kapoor, Paresh Rawal, Vir Das, Payal Ghosh and Prem Chopra. Directed by Sanjay Chhel and produced by Bharat Patel of Bholenath Movies, the film also brings Rishi Kapoor and Paresh Rawal together for the first time in 20 years.

The plot revolves a Punjabi, played by Rishi Kapoor and a Gujarati, played by Paresh Rawal. South Indian Actress Payal Ghosh will debut as Paresh Rawal’s daughter. Her debut Telugu movie was opposite Telugu star Mohan Babu’s son Manoj Manchu. Payal plays the love interest of Rishi Kapoor’s son, to be played by Vir Das.

Genre: Comedy


Mallika-Sherawat-Dirty-Politics-Poster-DIRTY POLITICS

Dir. K.C. Bokadia India 2015

Mallika Sherawat, Jackie Shroff, Anupam Kher

Mallika Sherawat stars in this political thriller in which she plays the role of Anokhi Devi, who courageously stands up against a politician who exploits her and uses her body for his pleasure. When she records his misdeeds and threatens him, he plans to have her killed.

Based on government nurse Bhanwari Devi, who was murdered in 2011 in India, Dirty Politics features a stalwart cast spearheaded by veteran actors Anupam Kher and Jackie Shroff. The film is directed by K.C. Bokadia who is responsible for hits such as Lal Badshah and Deewana Hoon Main.

Genre: Thriller


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Dir. Subhash Kapoor India 2015

Arshad Warsi, Amit Sadh, Ronit Roy

Subhash Kapoor, the political journalist- turned-filmmaker, who made Phas Gaye Re Obama and Jolly LLB, is now ready with his next film Guddu Rangeela. Known for making satirical dramas Guddu Rangeela is a comical drama featuring Amit Sadh playing the role of Guddu and Arshad Warsi portraying the role of Rangeela, along with Ronit Roy essaying a strong role.

Genre: Comedy / Drama